Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Everyday Heroes (Part 11)
David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So when his brothers and all his father's house heard it, they went down there to him. And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.
1 Samuel 22:1-2 (NKJV)
I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
Philippians 4:11-12 (NKJV)
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)
Everyday heroes act uncommonly good in common situations. Everyday heroes are homemakers. A homemaker is 'one who manages a household' (American Heritage Dictionary), but I prefer a more literal definition: one who makes a home--specifically a place of rest, retreat, nourishment and love.
What kind of home? A warm and welcoming home.
What kind of maker? The heavenly kind: a person of God. Therein a homemaker is a place and person of God. Jesus says it in three words, then four.
'Abide in Me' (John 15:4); 'Abide in My love' (John 15:9). If we live in the Spirit of Christ, we carry our home wherever we go. Others will be attracted to us like victims to safety, the homeless to shelter, the starving to food, the weary to sleep--the unwanted to love.
Consider David. As a boy, he lived with his family in a house; as a shepherd, he lived with his sheep in a field; as an armor bearer, he lived with his king in a palace; as a warrior, he lived with his men in a troop; as a fugitive, he lived alone in a cave--at least at first.
But the love of God was in David's heart, and that cave began to look like the Ritz. David's followers were attracted to the home he offered. His team for future kingship began to form in that dark and rocky place.
Right now, Jesus prepares our ultimate Home: 'In My Father's house are many mansions... I go to prepare a place for you' (John 14:2). Until then, we are told to make the best of every circumstance.
'Be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you' ' (Hebrews 13:5). God has a purpose in every place, and every place can be a home.
And to all God's homemakers near and far, kudos to unsung heroes. Because Jesus is a Homemaker, you're in the best Company of all. 'The tent of the upright will flourish' (Proverbs 14:11).
Being a homemaker is a requirement for godly success.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Everyday Heroes series.